The Elkin name in the music publishing industry dates back more than a century to 1903 when Robert Elkin established Elkin & Co., Ltd., a classical sheet music publishing firm, in London. A family-owned business for generations, the Elkin company and its catalog were sold to Novello & Co. in the 1960s by Robert's grandson Bill Elkin. Soon after the sale of the publishing firm, Bill and his wife Anne opened William Elkin Music Services, a retail and wholesale music distribution business. From its beginnings in the dining room of Deacon House in Brundall, near Norwich, the new company quickly grew to become the largest of its kind in the U.K.
In 1992, Bill and Anne realized their long-time ambition of spending most of their time in the United States. By now, their son Richard had become a partner in the Norwich firm, assuming the operations there, and the decision was made to open a new company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The expansion of their business interests into the United States marked the birth of Elkin Music International, and the family hired Tim Sloan to manage the company from its inception. The mission of this new firm was to help make international music publishers' catalogs — both printed music and books on music — more readily available to U.S. musicians and to facilitate the acquisition of American music publications for the Elkin business in Norwich. In 1995, the Elkins returned to Great Britain for health reasons and sold the Florida company to Dr. Sloan. After more than a decade of operating in sunny South Florida, he relocated home and business to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, in 2005.
During its history, Elkin Music International has established a reputation with music dealers and musicians all over the United States as being the most reliable source for classical sheet music from all foreign music publishers. For customers around the world who need classical sheet music from America, Elkin is the most reliable classical sheet music store to buy classical sheet music online. Tim Sloan's expertise in obtaining rare or obscure classical sheet music publications and hard-to-find music from international music publishers is universally recognized, and his commitment to never giving up produces results that are unparalleled. His education and experience as a professional musician is invaluable in offering expert advice and information to music professionals, teachers, students, and amateurs who like the personal touch when they buy sheet music, classical or other. Specializing in classical sheet music but supplying music of every genre, Elkin is committed to its mission of meeting the needs of all musicians by supplying all published sheet music, classical or other. Although the company does not deal with used music, whenever possible archive copies are supplied for out-of-print music. Far too often dealers and musicians are given misinformation about the availability of classical sheet music titles. If you've been told that a certain work is out of print, unavailable, or untraceable, contact us today. The information you received elsewhere may be accurate, but it just as well may be wrong.
In addition to the almost limitless product line it supplies, Elkin Music International also exceeds industry standards with its personal service, making every effort to fill orders expediently, efficiently, and economically. To that end, Elkin stocks thousands of titles representing such important foreign music publishers as Amadeus, Barenreiter, Bosworth, Breitkopf & Hartel, Doblinger, Harmonia, Friedrich Hofmeister, Alfred Lengnick, Musica Rara, Ricordi Americana / Melos, Thames, Zanibon, and Zimmermann-Frankfurt. Elkin Music International also welcomes special orders for non-stock classical sheet music titles from all major music publishers. The company also handles a huge volume of orders for special-import classical sheet music titles from many other international music publishers worldwide. All orders are filled as quickly and economically as possible, with options available for expedited international delivery of non-stock and special-order classical sheet music titles.
In addition to the imported classical sheet music editions it stocks, Elkin Music International also serves as sole distributor for St. Francis Music, a domestic catalog owned by renowned double bassist Lucas Drew. Elkin stocks the entire catalog, which is mostly devoted to double bass music and features dozens of works edited by Drew.
With an ever-expanding product line of classical sheet music from around the globe, and with service that cannot be exceeded, Elkin Music International welcomes you to our classical sheet music store, the best source for all the world’s great music.